Wellbeing at Monash newsletter- November

Read about the latest Wellbeing and Monash Sport events, services and activities. Monash aims to assist staff in achieving a healthy work/life balance using a holistic approach – mind, body, spirit and the community. There are some great prizes to win so read on!

In the November edition:

Wellbeing events & news

Keep stepping for the 10,000 Steps Challenge10000-steps

More than 2400 Monash staff, students, family and friends have registered for the 10,000 Steps Challenge.

The 5 week Challenge  will see participants walk a virtual walk visiting national parks around Victoria. Teams of up to 8 people will each aim to clock up at least 10,000 steps each day.

All participants are invited to a tree planting celebration event on Wednesday 23 November. Register online

For more information visit the 10,000 steps website  


Top 10 tips for keeping active during the 10,000 Steps Challenge

  1. Stand up at your desk when taking a phone callwalking 004
  2. Pack a picnic or the cricket set and take your family to enjoy one of the many picturesque parks and gardens around Melbourne and Victoria
  3. Schedule a walking meeting
  4. Remove your bin from your desk so you have to walk to the next bin
  5. Stand and take a break from your computer every 30 minutes
  6. Download a free 7 day trial at Monash Sport
  7. Register your department for a SWAP program
  8. Eat your lunch away from your desk
  9. Get up off the couch and walk around the house during the tv ad breaks
  10. Enjoy the lunchtime sun with a stroll around campus, download campus walking maps


Monash winner at Australian HR Awards

The Wellbeing at Monash Program has been announced as the winner at the Australian HR Awards for ‘Best Health and Wellbeing Strategy’’ at a dinner on Friday 28 October at the Hilton Sydney Hotel. 

HR Awards_Best Health and Wellbeing StrategyThe awards feature 19 categories for individuals, teams and organisations recognising achievements in people management and leadership. 

The Wellbeing at Monash Program was selected as the winner from 5 finalists.  The award recognises excellence in the area of corporate health and wellbeing.  The other 4 finalists were Bupa (HBA), Clayton Utz Lawyers, Ramsay Health Care and Sensis. 

Bryley Sadler, Wellbeing at Monash Coordinator thanks all Monash staff who have contributed to and participated in the Wellbeing at Monash program.

‘The Monash award submission has been many years in the making and is a testament to the commitment the Occ Health team and OHS branch has placed on delivering a high quality, beneficial, sustainable wellbeing program in collaboration with many supporters including Monash Sport, Health & Wellbeing, HR and tOES.’ Bryley said.

Read the full list of award winners. 

Mental health resources

With one in five Australians experiencing some form of mental illness, Monash a great range of  mental health resources for staff.  Services and programs include:image for portal web2

Monash staff walk their way to positive mental health

400 Monash staff took a step toward better health by participating in the Monash GLOBAL walk/run on Wednesday 12 October.globalpic

Delivered in conjunction with Wellbeing at Monash, Monash Sport and Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, the fourth bi-annual GLOBAL walk/run coincided with Mental Health Week – aiming to increase the awareness and knowledge of mental health. Staff participated in the on campus GLOBAL 3km walk or 5km run.  maprc logo

More than $600 was donated by participants for MAPrc.

Lunchtime mindfulness lecture by Dr Craig Hassedcraig hassed

Dr Craig Hassed recently delivered a mindfulness lecture with more than 200 staff attending.

This lecture explored the importance of mindfulness with its applications in healthcare and psychotherapy. A picture is evolving that the training of attention is a generic skill that has a wide variety of particular applications from the most profound to the most mundane. Such applications include the enhancement of wellbeing, the management of depression and stress, dealing with chronic pain, enhancing performance, and leadership training.

Staff who couldn’t attend the lecture can download a copy.

Pilates, boxing, zumba and yoga classes for your team

BoxingEResearch, HR, Facilities & Services, Education, ITS, OHS, the Alfred, Engineering and Medicine have all registered for the Staff Wellbeing & Activity Program. SWAP has been designed to bring on campus activity to your office! With 30 or 60 minute yoga, zumba, boxing and pilates classes from just $8 per person, get your colleagues together and organise a class at a time that suits you!

Download the SWAP brochure for all pricing and program information.

Weight Watchers at Work Program

Clayton, Caulfield, Gippsland and Peninsula staff the opportunity to enrol in a new Weight Watchers Program. With the convenience of weekly meetings on campus*, you’ll get the guidance that you need to succeed and stay on track to achieve your weight loss and lifestyle goals.

WeightWatchers2About the program: The program consists of one weekly lunchtime meeting for 13 weeks  

Cost: $233.35 for 13 week program (payment must be made upfront by cash or card at the first meeting). Some private health insurance providers provide a partial refund.

How to register: Send your interest to join a program to wellbeing@monash.edu with WW and your campus in the subject line.

Online health programs

Access a vast library of recipes; exercise descriptions; and articles across a broad range of fitness, nutrition and health topics, the Wellbeing programs are designed to guide you to your health goals. Online modules are made available to you over the course of 8 to 26 weeks, depending on the program.f2l homepage

Online programs for Monash staff:


Parkville Get Active classes

Following the results of the Parkville health checks, Monash Sport are now offering free weekly classes. This is a great opportunity for Parkville staff to get out of the office and get active!

Zumba: Mondays 5pm, Cossar Hall
Boot Camp: Wednesdays 7.30-8.30am, meet at the Flagpole
Mindfulness meditation: Wednesdays 12-12.30pm, pharmaceutics meeting room
Pilates: Thursdays 5pm, Cossar Hall.
Enquiries: Contact Michael Jones, Monash Sport x51073

Competition winners and your chance to win

For your chance to win a Village Cinemas movie ticket tell us what you think of the new layout of the newsletter or provide a suggestion for Wellbeing at Monash or Monash Sport (or any wellbeing service you would like to see) Provide feedback via email wellbeing@monash.edu

Monash Sport news and offers

Fitness ConnectFind a friend in fitness today!

Fitness Connect provides you the service of finding a staff or student to join your exercise routine.

Many studies have revealed that exercising together provide benefits such as extra motivation, socialisation, structure, support and a higher chance of staying on the pathway of fitness. Thus, Fitness Connect acts as a platform where you can find that extra player for your sports team, grow your sports club or simply to find a friend in fitness.

This service is also FREE for all Monash students and staff.

The process is as simple as logging in on the Monash website and follows the links, or click here to create your own listing or to search for a fitness connection.

For more information about Fitness Connect, visit www.sport.monash.edu.



National Uni ChallengeTeamMONASH to change the face of men’s health

Movember- the month formerly known as November will see the return of ‘Moustache Season’ across Monash University and universities nationally.  

Movember is a month-long celebration of the moustache supporting men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and depression. Since 2003, Movember has achieved great results by working alongside The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCFA) and beyondblue: the national depression initiative.

TeamMONASH is an initiative run by Monash University students completing their internships with Monash Sport. And is the official Monash University team as part of the Movember National Uni Challenge.

Monash University staff, students, alumni and members are invited to help this great cause by joining the TeamMONASH, in the National Uni Challenge Network, and embrace all the things Mo for the month of Movember.

By participating in the Uni Challenge Network, TeamMONASH Mo Bros, supported by their Mo Sistas can compare moustaches and fundraising efforts with other universities across Australia.

There are prizes and awards on offer as part of the National Uni Challenge including:

  • Master of Moustachery
  • Bachelor of Mo Cultivation and Appreciation
  • Albert Einstein AwardTeamMONASH
  • Associate Degree and Advanced Diploma in Mo-raising

You can support Movember by registering as Mo Bros and Mo Sistas. For more information about how you can register as part of TeamMONASH and get involved in the National Uni Challenge, just follow the links on the www.sport.monash.edu website.

You can also find us on our Facebook page!!

Chancellor’s Cup Golf DayGolf Day

The Chancellor’s Cup Golf Day is a fundraising opportunity for Monash University affiliated sporting clubs across all campuses. It is ideal for Monash University alumni and supporters to connect with each other in a relaxed and informal setting, as well as, to raise the much needed funds for ongoing initiatives.

The four person Ambrose format will provide the basis for a great day of golf on one of Melbourne’s most prestigious courses at the Spring Valley Golf Club. Throughout the day various competitions will be held including, longest drive 7th & 18th holes and nearest the pin 3rd & 10th holes.

The event will be held on Friday 18 November, 2011. A light lunch will also be provided on arrival, with food and beverage snacks supplied to participants during the round from a mobile refreshment cart. The event will finish with an informal gourmet BBQ, presentations to the winners and a thank you to all participants for their support.

Team and individual registrations are now open!! You can choose to register online via credit card payment, or you may also complete the registration form and return to Monash Sport by mail.

For more information visit the Chancellor’s Cup Golf Day website.

Please contact Simon Dart on 9905 4259 or email simon.dart@monash.edu for any enquiries.

Discounts for staff

Discounted health insurance with HBA

HBA_Logo HBA corporate offer: Monash staff who sign up as a new member with HBA on the Monash University Corporate Health Plan receive access to a specially designed corporate suite of Health Insurance products. These products contain built-in savings that are not available to the general public.

More info: Visit a HBA Retail Centre or call 1800 649 406 and quote the Monash University corporate group number – 122265. *Payment must be made by payroll deduction.

For detailed information see health insurance discounts.


Book now for Christmas holidays! Save up to 50% on holiday accommodation

Monash staff now have access to the exclusive Departure Lounge with discounted rates at selected Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree properties throughout Australia and New Zealand. These rates are exclusive to Monash staff and can be booked up to 12 months in advance. Rates are best when searching for 3 night stays and at least one month in advance (there is limited availability within the next 28 days).Print

November specials:

·          November Departure Lounge Flyer
·          November Special Feature Flyer

To book: Visit Departure Lounge and enter the password: monashstaff

Milk, bread, fruit and vegies delivered to your door

aussie farmersMonash staff, family and friends, receive $20 off your first order. Aussie Farmers is a 100% Australian owned fruit and vegetables, groceries and organic food, delivered to your door free! Visit the discounts for staff for full details


Dell November specials

Save 15%^off the Inspiron One 2320 All-in-one Desktop!

Visit the Dell epp webpage to view a great range of discounts on a wide range of products from Dell.

1) Simply visit www.dell.com.au/epp and enter the sales code (AUEPP) and your organisation name.

2) Start shopping. Use the featured coupon codes to redeem your discount at the checkout.

3) Alternatively, call 1300 730 755.

Lite n’ Easylogo_lite-easy

Lite n’ Easy offer a $25 discount off their 7-day meal pack to new customers. Call 131512 and quote ‘Monash Uni discount offer’.


dadshopDadShop is a one stop gift shop targeting gifts for men for almost every occasion. They offer a collection of unique, novelty, quirky gift ideas and a range of personalised gifts. Monash staff receive 10% off by using the promocode on checkout “monash”. Visit DadShop

10% off magazine subscriptions

ACP magazines are offering Monash University staff members a 10% discount on the following magazines titles: APC, Australian PC User, Australian Geographic, Australian Women’s Weekly, Cleo, Cosmo, Empire, Good Health & Medicine, Madison, Money, Motor, Shop Til You Drop, Wheels To receive the 10% discount on subscriptions, visit Magshop or order by phone and quote discount code: P10MUNI

The Convenient Kitchen – We create, We shop, We deliver!

conv kitchThe Convenient Kitchen deliver to your door a grocery bag packed with 5 healthy yummy recipes and all their accompanying market fresh vegetables, meats, fish and poultry for your week’s home cooking. For 2, families of 2-4 or 4-6. All recipes are created by a qualified nutritionist/chef and are easy to cook.  No more thinking “what will I cook tonight” no more rushing to the supermarket after work to quickly get what you need, it’s all in your pantry or fridge at home already!

Monash staff offer: 20% discount on all full priced grocery bags for 5 dinners*. Phone 98222877 and mention Monash or visit The Convenient Kitchen and add ” Monash” in the special requirements section. *Available to all new customers only.

Travelling soon? Discounted Airport Lounge accessvirgin

Sign up for a discounted airport lounge membership and enjoy the benefits! Lounges include Priority Pass: access to 600+ lounges worldwide Virgin Blue The Lounge Qantas Club Lounge.

Visit Airport Lounge discounts for more information.

Other discounts available to Monash staff:

· Avis car rentals

· Hot Air Ballooning

Visit discounts for staff for more information

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